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Posted Thursday, April 5th 2018

Preview » Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants

Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants 
BBL Championship
Friday, April 6th 2018
SGS WISE Arena

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Bristol Flyers look to record their third straight win, as they host the Manchester Giants on Friday night (7:30pm).

Everything you need to know on Friday's opponents can be found below.


MANCHESTER GIANTS

It has been a tough time for Manchester Giants fans in the BBL over the last five years. Giants’ sole play-off appearance was in 2012, and they have not finished above seventh place since.

Manchester have sustained a long drought of silverware; the last time Giants’ won a competition was the BBL Trophy in 1999. The team have struggled this season with only three wins in the 25 league games they have played.


HEAD COACH

This is the Giants’ first full BBL season with their former Assistant Coach, Danny Bryne, at the helm.

Bryne has a wealth of experience as a player from stints with Plymouth Raiders, Thames Valley Tigers and Rossendale Raptors. However, Bryne is a relatively inexperienced coach. He started his coaching career with Lancashire Spinners shortly before joining the Giants coaching staff as an assistant in 2016.

Fresh off winning the NBL4 title last season and receiving coach of the year honours, Byrne was hoping to replicate some of the same success in the BBL. Unfortunately, Giants made underwhelming progress this season.


WHAT THEY SAY

"We looked at the scouting report and they have a lot of new players.

“They have nothing to lose and we know they’re going to turn up ready to play."

Roy Owen


LAST SEASON

Manchester Giants’ 2016/17 campaign will be one that their fans will want to banish from their collective memory. Giants only notched five wins in their 33 league games, which meant they finished dead last in the BBL Championship.

In addition, their woes were not confined to the domestic league, as they failed to enjoy any success in the outside competitions. Manchester were knocked out in the first round of the BBL Cup with an 82-97 loss to Cheshire Phoenix and, in the BBL Trophy, they suffered a demoralising 86-84 defeat to then EBL Division One side Essex Leopards. 


ONE TO WATCH

#1 David Kadiri

Although Giants have been struggling to secure wins this season, David Kadiri has been outstanding for them all year. The 6’8 forward joined the club in the summer and has made an incredible impact and bolstered Giants’ inside presence. 

The American comes into Friday’s game in the top five in scoring and rebounding in the league - Kadiri averages a double-double of 17.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

Nick Burns will have to pay special attention to Kadiri, as he will feature heavily in Giants’ offence, especially with Callum Jones representing England overseas in the Commonwealth Games.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers bounced back following their home defeat to Newcastle Eagles with a dominant 74-97 away win over the Manchester Giants.

Flyers were led by Brandon Boggs, who poured in a game-high 24 points on 71% shooting from the field to go along with four rebounds.

 


DID YOU KNOW?

Manchester Giants attempt and make the fewest three pointers in the BBL, as they average only 5.24 three point attempts a game on 27% shooting from beyond the arc.


WATCH LIVE

Friday’s game will be available to watch LIVE via the BBL’s official streaming partner, LiveBaketball.TV (subscription) - click here to sign up NOW.


GAMEDAY PARKING

Please note, SGS College has introduced paid parking, however the club has reached an agreement with Aviva insurance, a short five minute walk away from the WISE campus for fans to use their car park free of charge.

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